Territory in western Africa, ruled since 1960 by the Federal Republic of Nigeria


Nigeria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. The three largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. In terms of religion Nigeria is roughly split half and half between Muslims in the North and Christians in the South; a very small minority practice traditional religion. Since 2002 there have been a spate of clashes, particularly in the North of the country, between government forces and the Islamists Boko Haram, militant jihadists who seek to establish sharia law. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 5.75, Rank: 140, Personal Freedom: 5.05, Economic Freedom: 6.45, Democracy Index: 3.75
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.45, Rank: 113
Nigeria | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 48, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 5
"After 16 years in power, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2015 presidential election and its majority in the National Assembly to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). The polls, which observers regarded as competitive and generally well conducted, represented a milestone in the country’s democratic development, marking the first time that the opposition gained power at the national level through elections."